Rory Gallagher fought for every fan recording and toured in an endless cycle to scoop up every individual that could appreciate his music with each new project. There’s no doubt that Gallagher found the experience exhausting, as it took a toll on his health and his musical output; by the time of Stage Struck Gallagher had bottomed out and produced a hard driving document of his 1979-1980 tour that demonstrated the guitarist was acting more like a mediocre hard rock act rather than the masterful blues guitarist he was.
After Gallagher got a chance for rest and recharged his batteries, he decided to revamp his backing band by going back to a four-piece and added keyboardist Bob Andrews, as well as new drummer Brendan O’Neill.
As a result, Jinx, his next studio album, positively bristles with energy, wit and colorful playing and represents Gallagher at his best. From the stomping rocker “Big Guns,” which opens the album, to the playful title track that echoes some of Peter Green’s most disturbing songs.
The remastered edition is, like the other reissues on Eagle Records, a remixed version of the album. So, we still don’t have a remaster with the original mix, which is a pity. Nevertheless, the remixed album sounds very good indeed, even if it does lack the analog texture of its predecessor.
It’s unfortunate that the liner notes haven’t been updated to give us more information on Gallagher’s emotional state at the time of the recording of the album, and that there aren’t any additional bonus tracks included. The two bonus tracks from the previous edition are present, however: a fiery performance of Louisiana Red’s classic blues shouter “Ride On Red, Ride On,” and Gallagher’s original bluesy rocker “Lonely Mile.” All in all, what we do get is a truly outstanding album from the Irish bluesman.
Jinx is recommended.